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Halftrack question..

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  1. blkcloud

    blkcloud Active Member

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    Do any of you know what is the purpose of the roller on the front bumper? thanks!

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  2. grntitan

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    Its actaully an anti ditching device. Supposed to keep it from getting stuck in a ditch.


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  3. chipking

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    Keeps you from getting stuck in a ditch/tank trap when you drive straight in.

    Straight from Olive-Drab.com
    "The front roller was a feature of many of the WW II vintage halftracks and scout cars, installed when the front bumper did not have a winch. It was called an “anti-ditching roller” or similar name.

    The function was to keep the front bumper from digging into the far bank of a ditch during cross-country operations. The idea was that the roller would allow the vehicle to hit the ditch wall and roll up and over rather than get caught. It worked but not well enough to become standard on other vehicles. Later designs sought to keep the “angle of approach” and “angle of departure” large enough to minimize the potential for getting stuck."

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  4. blkcloud

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    thanks!
     
  5. grntitan

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    Beat ya by 4 minutes Chip......LOL

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  6. chipking

    chipking TS Member

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    Yes! Yes you did and with a link as well. Next time I'll just pee myself instead of taking a break :eek:(

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    "Live Long and Prosper"


    You too friend.

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    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    <i>"It worked but not well enough to become standard on other vehicles."</i>

    That's because the halftrack had superior traction when compared to a 4x4 or 6x6 wheeled vehicle. It could get enough traction to make the concept work.
     
  9. Pull & Mark

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    Darn, Since I was a kid and put the models together I always assumed that they were for pushing down trees of mod. size. Never thought about a ditch. The info on here never stops. Break-em all. Jeff
     
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